I know that lots of you see this post through a reader and I urge you to read on and at least think about child sponsorship and how a little money can make a great difference.
Charity has been on my mind a lot over these past couple of weeks. Richmond, the town where I live, is home to the Poppy Factory where hundreds of thousands of poppies are made each year to commemorate Remembrance Day and it seemed that wherever I went there were people selling poppies.
It’s easy to remember and think about something when it is right in front of you. I admit freely that Myanmar hasn’t been at the front of my mind.
Since becoming a Blogger for Action Aid I try to stay more informed about the work that the charity is doing. ActionAid is asking people across the UK to celebrate Child Sponsorship Week and make a huge change to all the people who have endured decades of struggle and uncertainty in Burma/Myanmar and elsewhere in the developing world.
There are 1,600 children in Burma to sponsor but worldwide there are nearly 5,000 children that need sponsorship in 17 countries.
My decision to start sponsoring Gift in Malawi last year through Action Aid at first seemed like quite an undertaking. £15 per month seemed like a lot of money and I was thinking of all the Starbucks I would be foresaking! But the truth is, I spend money ridiculously. £1 for an avocado the other day to top up a lunch that I had already purchased in M&S for £3. That’s eight days of sponsoring Gift to give her the opportunity to go to school and be clothed and fed.
For just 50p a day sponsors have the opportunity to change a child’s and community’s future not just for today but forever. For information on how to get involved and transform a child’s life visit www.actionaid.org.uk/child.
I love sponsoring Gift. I like thinking about a stranger in another country and what she is doing and her how family are and what she is learning at school. I also like that I am in the privileged position to be able to help someone else have a better change at life. And I reckon that most of the people reading this blog have the ability to sponsor.
What does 50p buy nowadays anyway?